The stage is set for the residents of Osun State, South West Nigeria, to choose who will pilot their affairs for the next four years.
The people will exercise their rights to pick their next governor through the governorship election which comes up on Saturday, 16 July 2022.
There are 15 candidates who will battle to become the 10th governor of the state since the creation of the state in 1991 and one of them is the incumbent Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, who is seeking a second term in office.
Though, campaigns for the election have not gone down without cases of violence in different parts of the state, especially the capital, Osogbo.
Reports has it that about 16 cases of violence has been recorded in the state including the assassination of the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in one of the local government areas.
The 15 candidates include Akinade Akanmu Ogunbiyi, representing the Accord Party; the African Action Congress candidate is Awojide Peter Segun; Kehinde Munirudeen Olumuyiwa A Atanda is bearing the flag of the Action Democratic Party; Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola for the APC; the Allied Peoples Movement presented Awoyemi Oluwatayo Lukuman; Adebayo Adeolu Elisha for the All People’s Party; Adeleke Adesoji Masilo Aderemi Adedapo for the Boot Party; Yussuff Sulaimon Lasun, Labour Party; Rasaq Oyelami Saliu for the New Nigeria Peoples Party; National Rescue Movement has Abede Adetona Samuel as its flagbearer; PDP has Adeleke Ademola Jackson Nurudeen as its flagbearer; Peoples Redemption Party: Ayowole Olubusuyi Adedeji; Social Democratic Party: Omigbodun Oyegoke Akinrinola; Young Progressives Party: Ademola Bayonle Adeseye; and Zenith Labour Party: Adesuyi John Olufemi.
There are five major contenders this year.
They are 1. Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC. He promised that if re-elected, he would reinforce the state security system and empower the police force.
2. Omigbodun Akinrinola Oyegoke of the Socio Democratic Party. He said that his focus would be on reviving trade and investment in the state if elected as the governor.
3. Ademola Adeleke of the PDP. Adeleke has promised to fix the roads, hospitals, agriculture, and bring about other infrastructural developments if he wins.
4. Yusuff Sulaimon Lasun of the Labour Party. Yusuff Lasun says he wants to focus on reforming the education sector for Osun State.
5 . Akin Ogunbiyi of the Accord Party.
Akin Ogunbiyi has promised to bring businesses and investments that would boost the state’s economy and create jobs for the youth.